Trucking Company Fails to Maintain Truck’s Brakes, Leading to Driver’s Death

July 04, 2015

Many trucking accidents occur as a result of driver error or negligence, such as, among others, driving while intoxicated, sleep-deprived, or inattentive. Further, these trucking accidents typically involve one or more vehicles. Most truck drivers safely abide by traffic laws, but failure to maintain a truck's brakes and other components is another cause of trucking accidents that can have tragic consequences.

One such tragedy occurred last year in Australia, when a truck driver lost his life after slamming into a pole due to brake failure. The severity of this accident led to criminal charges, as the truck company owner ignored warnings about the poor condition of the brakes, allowing his drivers to operate an unsafe vehicle. While this accident occurred in Australia, and not the United States, this type of accident has occurred, and continues to occur, in our country. Although most trucking companies safely maintain their vehicles, brake failure is always a concern with heavy vehicles like trucks and regular maintenance is essential to both the condition of the truck, and the safety of all drivers.

Driver conduct may contribute to the cause of a trucking accident, but an issue like brake failure is something that may be the cause of an accident that results in severe injuries or death. Brake failure can occur anytime, and a truck driver may be caught off guard if he or she is unaware of the poor condition of the brakes. A failure to maintain a truck's brakes places not only the truck driver in harm's way, but also every other vehicle or pedestrian that may come into contact with the vehicle.

Discussing Your Injuries with a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney

Anytime an accident involves brake failure or some other type of mechanical issue, it is very important that the matter is discussed with an attorney, as someone other than the driver can be at fault for causing an accident that resulted in someone else's injury or death. A potential personal injury case that involves not only the driver, but also the truck company owner can also be a little bit more complicated than other accidents, requiring an extensive evaluation. Injuries resulting from accidents that involve brake failure can be devastating, as a vehicle going at high speed is likely to harm anything in its path, especially when it comes to large trucks. A qualified attorney can investigate your situation to determine what options you should take when moving forward to protect your rights to compensation.

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Category: Truck Accidents

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